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Shadowfang Keep

For the original version of this dungeon before Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm, see Shadowfang Keep (original).
Shadowfang Keep is a haunted keep near the borders of Gilneas in southern Silverpine Forest [45, 68]
, on a high bluff overlooking Pyrewood Village. It is the former base of operations for the demented archmage Arugal, who wrested the keep from Baron Silverlaine with his worgen "children" and held it until he was defeated by agents of the Horde. The keep is now occupied by the followers of renegade Gilnean nobleman Vincent Godfrey, traitor to both his homeland and to the Forsaken who returned him from death.


Shadowfang Keep - Official Site

The courtyard

From World Dungeons on the old WoW site:

During the Third War, the wizards of the Kirin Tor battled against the undead armies of the Scourge. When the wizards of Dalaran died in battle, they would rise soon after - adding their former might to the growing Scourge. Frustrated by their lack of progress (and against the advice of his peers) the Archmage, Arugal elected to summon extra-dimensional entities to bolster Dalaran's diminishing ranks. Arugal's summoning brought the ravenous worgen into the world of Azeroth. The feral wolf-men slaughtered not only the Scourge, but quickly turned on the wizards themselves. The worgen sieged the keep of the noble, Baron Silverlaine. Situated above the tiny hamlet of Pyrewood, the keep quickly fell into shadow and ruin. Driven mad with guilt, Arugal adopted the worgen as his children and retreated to the newly dubbed 'Shadowfang Keep'. It's said he still resides there, protected by his massive pet, Fenrus - and haunted by the vengeful ghost of Baron Silverlaine.

Pyrewood Village is shadowed to the north by Shadowfang Keep, once a bastion of Alliance power but now the dark residence of a mad former mage of the Kirin Tor, named Arugal. The worgen that stalk the Keep, as well as the cursed villagers of Pyrewood, are the doings of this madman. During the Third War, Arugal made these worgen as allies but they could not be controlled and turned on him and the other soldiers. He went mad after this and now accepts them as his "children." His worgen run rampant throughout much of the forest.

During the events of World of Warcraft, agents of the Banshee Queen Sylvanas Windrunner were dispatched to both solve the mystery of the enigmatic worgen and ultimately terminate the source of the creatures' infestation in Silverpine. Eventually they were able to discover that the mad archmage, Arugal, was behind the worgen's presence, and the Forsaken command ordered him slain.

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The dungeon was updated to reflect current events. The level range was lowered and a Heroic mode added. Lord Godfrey replaced Arugal as the final boss, given the former's attempted assassination of leaders of both the Alliance and Horde, ending with him fleeing to Shadowfang Keep.


Shadowfang Keep

Shadowfang Keep entrance


SFK is one of the first instances players will step into. The mobs within are entirely undead, as the worgen mobs have long since disappeared with the death of Archmage Arugal.


SFK was the first vaguely challenging instance that players were likely to encounter. In addition to the volume of mobs present, several of the mobs here cast various curses, nearly every type of Worgen had some sort of special ability (active or passive) that affected a group's ability to deal with them, and the undead humans made use of Silence, which meant that a tank could be caught without healing in some fights if the healer(s) got hit with it.

For the level, the loot here is highly desirable, with a few different items that can sell well via the twink market. Several bind-on-pickup blue items are also to be found here, primarily for Mages and Warriors in particular. Although the level is still low enough that cash isn't hugely abundant, there is still some silver dropped.


The following bosses are present in Shadowfang Keep:


Bosses Monsters
  • Shadowfang Keep (up to and including Observatory)
  • Shadowfang Keep (up to and including Final Room)



Quest guide


Alliance 15 [18D] Adventurers Wanted: Shadowfang Keep (optional)
Alliance 15 [18D] Sniffing Them Out
Alliance 15 [19D] Armored to the Teeth
Alliance 15 [20D] Fighting Tooth and Claw
Alliance 15 [21D] Fury of the Pack

Horde 15 [18D] Adventurers Wanted: Shadowfang Keep (optional)
Horde 15 [18D] This Land is Our Land
Horde 15 [19D] Plague...Plague Everywhere!
Horde 15 [20D] Orders Are For the Living
Horde 15 [21D] Sweet, Merciless Revenge

Class Quest Race
Ui-charactercreate-classes druid Druid Alliance 15 [20D] The Circle's Future
Horde 15 [20D] The Circle's Future
Ui-charactercreate-classes hunter Hunter Alliance 15 [20D] A Well-Earned Reward
Horde 15 [20D] A Marksman's Weapon
Ui-charactercreate-classes mage Mage Alliance 15 [20D] Mastering the Arcane
Horde 15 [20D] Mastering the Arcane
Ui-charactercreate-classes paladin Paladin Alliance 15 [20D] The Hand of the Light
Horde 15 [20D] A True Sunwalker IconSmall Tauren MaleIconSmall Tauren Female Tauren
Horde 15 [20D] The Adept's Path IconSmall Blood Elf MaleIconSmall Blood Elf Female Blood elf
Ui-charactercreate-classes priest Priest Alliance 15 [20D] A Budding Young Surgeon IconSmall Gnome MaleIconSmall Gnome Female Gnome
Alliance 15 [20D] Favored of Elune IconSmall NightElf MaleIconSmall NightElf Female Night elf
Alliance 15 [20D] A Well-Earned Reward IconSmall Human MaleIconSmall Human Female Human
IconSmall Worgen MaleIconSmall Worgen Female Worgen
IconSmall Dwarf MaleIconSmall Dwarf Female Ironforge dwarf
Horde 15 [20D] A Seer's Staff IconSmall Tauren MaleIconSmall Tauren Female Tauren
Horde 15 [20D] A Seer's Staff IconSmall Goblin MaleIconSmall Goblin Female Goblin
Horde 15 [20D] Staff of the Light IconSmall Blood Elf MaleIconSmall Blood Elf Female Blood elf
Horde 15 [20D] The Dark Cleric's Bidding IconSmall Undead MaleIconSmall Undead Female Undead
Horde 15 [20D] The Shadow-Walker's Task IconSmall Troll MaleIconSmall Troll Female Troll
Ui-charactercreate-classes rogue Rogue Alliance 15 [20D] A Royal Reward
Horde 15 [20D] Blade of the Shattered Hand
Ui-charactercreate-classes shaman Shaman Alliance 15 [20D] Blessings of the Elements
Horde 15 [20D] Dreamseeker's Task
Ui-charactercreate-classes warlock Warlock Alliance 15 [20D] A Boon for the Powerful
Horde 15 [20D] Token of Power
Ui-charactercreate-classes warrior Warrior Alliance 15 [20D] A Fitting Weapon
Horde 15 [20D] A Fitting Weapon

Dungeon denizens


See Shadowfang Keep loot.




Main article: Shadowfang Keep (original)



Loading screens


Gnomeschool's Dungeon Guide (Normal)
Gnomeschool Shadowfang Keep (WoW Dungeon Guide and Lore)

Gnomeschool Shadowfang Keep (WoW Dungeon Guide and Lore)

Guide by
Shadowfang Keep Guide

Shadowfang Keep Guide

Entrance location
How to find your way into the Shadowfang Keep Dungeon - World of Warcraft

How to find your way into the Shadowfang Keep Dungeon - World of Warcraft

Shadowfang Keep Heroic - Dungeon Guide and Commentary

Shadowfang Keep Heroic - Dungeon Guide and Commentary

LoD Shadowfang Keep Guide (Heroic Mode)

LoD Shadowfang Keep Guide (Heroic Mode)



This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

Shadowfang Keep probably earned it's name from the rumours of the worgen that guard it; before that, it may have been called "Silverlaine Keep" or "Pyrewood Keep."[citation needed]

Patch changes

  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.3 (15-Nov-2010): Revamped, gained a heroic mode for level 85 players.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.3.0 (07-Mar-2005): Capped at ten players.

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